A funny thing happens when we graduate from High School and enter the real world; dreams change.
When my Son was in his early 20’s, he announced that he was heading to Los Angles to pursue his dream of becoming a Rock Star. He would be a singer in a rock and roll band, and he was on a mission to achieve his goal. When I heard his idea, I had a question –
“What happens if you become a member of the band instead?”
He had a perplexed look on his face. I’m not sure if he was angry or confused. It seemed that the concept of playing any other role never occurred to him. I continued.
“Would you be okay with that? Are you willing to do what it takes to rise to the top? And if you don’t get what you want, will you be happy settling something different?”
That’s when he said, “No. I wouldn’t be happy. I’m a Rock Star, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
The following day he began his journey and chased his dreams for a few years. While he had success and enjoyed his Rock Star status, something else began to emerge. He discovered a new passion that fit him like a glove. He started to dabble in graphic design and music promotions and soon found himself loving being in a more supportive role. He wasn’t on stage; he was playing in the band. But there was no doubt he was a star in his new world. His life was different than he thought it would be, but he found his day-to-day experience to be a much better fit.
You will always get what you want if you are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. But you might be surprised when you find your real passion along the way.